National Center for Youth Law



In This Issue: Oregon fails to ensure that all children can attend a full day of school, Healthy sexual development to Improve outcomes for youth in foster care, and leading educators criticize DeVos.



Victory For Homeless Athlete Lowers Barriers For Homeless Students

by Stephanie Krol and Leecia Welch

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) recently won an important legal victory against

From Abused And Neglected To Abused And Exploited - The Intersection of the Child Welfare System with the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Many anti-human trafficking advocates have begun examining why certain children are more vulnerable than others to falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. One clear pattern quickly emerges—a large proportion of victims of commercial sexual exploitation have been involved with the child welfare system.
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Foster Youth and Early Implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula - Not Yet Making the Grade

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 1, 2013, is the first 

Why Do We Treat Child Rape Victims This Way?

“I’m angry,” 14-year-old Nikki told the judge. Sitting in a special juvenile court for commercially sexually exploited children, the diminutive

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Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in California

Worldwide, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry, involving 100,000 children in the U.S. The FBI has determined that three of the nation's thirteen High Intensity Child Prostitution areas are located in California. Studies estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) are or were formally involved with the child welfare system.
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HR 4980: An Important Advance for Child Welfare

By Stephanie Krol & Jess Reed 


H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, is a wide-ranging,

Equal Educational Opportunities for Native American Youth

by Mae Ackerman-Brimberg

This article is the second in a two-part series.

“We knew without a doubt we were the

Combatting Implicit Bias to Reduce Disparities in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Presented by:

Jason Okonofua, Stanford University
Kristi Harris, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Harris, National Center for Youth Law

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